If one is looking for fun things to do this summer, then consider availing oneself of all the outdoor activities one can engage in at the Fort Custer Recreational Area. The Fort Custer Recreation Area is just outside of Battle Creek, Michigan off Dickman Rd or M-96 within 1/4 mile of the Village of Augusta.
The park offers boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, camping and just a good afternoon at the beach. One can even play a round or two of disc golf on their 18 hole course. In the winter, you can take part in hiking, cross-country skiing, snow mobiling, and ice fishing.
Fort Custer Recreation Area was originally farmland that was acquired by the federal government to establish Camp Custer, an induction and military training center for the US Army during WWII. The land was deeded to the State of Michigan, under President Nixon’s Legacy of Parks in 1971.
Today the Fort Custer Recreation Area is a popular location for mountain bikers, and the trail system is just over 28 miles in total length. Michigan residents pay just $10 annually for a passport for a vehicle, and $5 for a motorcycle to enjoy the area. It a fee one pays for when they renew vehicle tags annually. Non-residents pay $29 for a vehicle passport, and $8 for a daily passport to the Recreation Area. Funds go towards maintaining the park.